Altrincham (ôlˈtrĭng-əm) [key], town (1991 pop. 39,528), Trafford metropolitan district, W central England. A suburb of Manchester, it has a textile-printing industry and engineering works and is also noted for its market gardens. The town's growth was stimulated by the construction of the Bridgewater Canal in 1760.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.